Haiti documentary made by two UF students to be screened Jan. 11

A celebrated 30-minute documentary film about Haiti by two former
University of Florida students will be screened at 7.30pm Jan. 11 in the
Reitz Student Union Auditorium at the University of Florida. The
screening is free and will be followed by a question-and-answer session
with filmmakers Jon Bougher and Roman Saufiullin.

“Bound by Haiti” is the story of Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon, two
young international activists working with the nonprofit organization
Planting Peace to run orphanages and schools in Haiti. The filmmakers
follow these unlikely friends on a journey for change before and after
one of the most catastrophic international events of our time.

As one of the only film crews in Port-au-Prince on the day of the
earthquake, Bougher and Saufiullin captured rare video and photos. The
documentary went on to become subject of much media coverage, including
interviews with The Today Show, MSNBC, National Public Radio and the
Chronicle of Higher Education. It premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale
International Film Festival. The filmmakers are available for further
interviews in concert with the UF screening.

This screening is organized by Gators United for Haiti and the Center
for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and is part of a semester of
activities at UF to mark the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in
Haiti. Gators United for Haiti is organizing events the week of Jan.
10-15, including a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Reitz
Student Union amphitheater; a panel of UF faculty working in Haiti to
discuss the challenges of Rebuilding Haiti at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in Reitz
Student Union Room 286; a silent auction Jan. 14 in the Reitz Student
Union Rion Ballroom; and a 5K run at 8 a.m. Jan. 15 in the commuter lot
to raise money to aid Haiti. For more information, see: <>.

In addition, the Caleb and Michele Grimes Conference on Liberal Arts and
Public Affairs will feature a four-part public speaker series on
rebuilding Haiti at UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Haiti’s
Challenges: Rebuilding Lives and Nation in the Earthquake’s Aftermath”
will draw attention to Haiti’s unique features, and explore how its
complex historical legacy contributes to recovery efforts and Haiti’s
future. For more information, visit

The documentary screening is co-sponsored by the Caleb and Michele
Grimes Fund (CLAS Dean’s Office), Gators United for Haiti, the Reitz
Union Board Entertainment, the Greek American Students Association, and
The Documentary Institute.

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